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A Spark of Light : A Novel

Label
A Spark of Light : A Novel
Title
A Spark of Light
Title remainder
A Novel
Statement of responsibility
Jodi Picoult
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Language
eng
Summary
The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center - a women's reproductive health services clinic - its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage. After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter and begins making a plan to communicate with the gunman. As his phone vibrates with incoming text messages he glances at it and, to his horror, finds out that his fifteen-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic. But Wren is not alone. She will share the next and tensest few hours of her young life with a cast of unforgettable characters: A nurse who calms her own panic in order to save the life of a wounded woman. A doctor who does his work not in spite of his faith but because of it, and who will find that faith tested as never before. A pro-life protester, disguised as a patient, who now stands in the cross hairs of the same rage she herself has felt. A young woman who has come to terminate her pregnancy. And the disturbed individual himself, vowing to be heard. Told in a daring and enthralling narrative structure that counts backward through the hours of the standoff, this is a story that traces its way back to what brought each of these very different individuals to the same place on this fateful day. Jodi Picoult - one of the most fearless writers of our time - tackles a complicated issue in this gripping and nuanced novel. How do we balance the rights of pregnant women with the rights of the unborn they carry? What does it mean to be a good parent? A Spark of Light will inspire debate, conversation ... and, hopefully, understanding
Summary
This harrowing and insightful novel unwinds backwards in time over the course of a day during a tense hostage situation at a Mississippi women's clinic and is told through multiple points of view: the gunman, the hostage negotiator, patients, clinic staff, and a right to life advocate. All sides of the abortion issue are explored with compassion through the characters' stories, helping readers empathize and connect. Fans of Picoult's issue-driven novels will not be disappointed. -- Catherine Coyne for LibraryReads
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Storyline
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Character
Award
Loan Stars Favourites, 2018.
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10692162
Cataloging source
DLC
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1966-
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Picoult, Jodi
Dewey number
813.54
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Adult
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Literature
  • Fiction
Target audience
adult
Label
A Spark of Light : A Novel
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Publication
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
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rdacarrier.
Contents
Fiction
Edition
Large print edition.
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781410463753
Physical substance
Hardback.
Specific material designation
large print
Label
A Spark of Light : A Novel
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Contents
Fiction
Edition
Large print edition.
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781410463753
Physical substance
Hardback.
Specific material designation
large print

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